If a southerner tells us that Northern Nigeria is dragging the country back, we take offense and retort back; taking their statements as mere slander from ethnic hatred. But our reality bites us and bites Nigeria, and what the north us becoming today is indeed agonising.
The north accounts for only 21 percent of sub national internally-generated revenue. Which means that apart from the monies from the FAAC allocations that come monthly from Abuja, most northern states are not viable and
cannot sustain their governments, let alone provide any meaningful developments to their citizens. When we look at the 13.2 million out of school children, 69 percent come from the north.
Only 28 pupils sat for WAEC in Zamfara state, to further buttress this out of school children claim. The picture is as gory and scary as it sounds. As it stands, what the north brings to the table is the menace of both terrorism and kidnapping.
Credit: leadership newspaper